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Translating Pornography: Dubbing or Subtitles?

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Similar to what happens with comic strips, literature and cinema that is suitable for all audiences, pornography (whether illustrated, written or filmed) resorts to translation to broaden the horizons of its audience. Since porn films constitute a genre that is very much oriented toward the effect it produces in the viewer, the specific localization of […]

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What Is Code-switching?

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In linguistics, code-switching refers to the simultaneous and syntactically and phonologically appropriate use of more than one language. It is fairly common to hear multilingual people use elements of the different languages that they speak when conversing with others that speak the same languages. This mix may occur almost unconsciously in people who have a […]

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The Spanish Language: Vulgarisms and Vices

As language professionals—translators, writers, editors, literature students, etc.—we tend to feel outraged whenever we hear or see grammatical, spelling or semantic errors, which unfortunately are becoming more common and generally accepted by laypersons, including friends and family. What’s worse, this is also happening in many media outlets. We are often shocked by the unrefined turn […]

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Another Translator to the Real Academia

On Friday, November 23, the Real Academia de la Lengua Española (Royal Spanish Academy) announced its newest academic member, the literary translator Miguel Sáenz, author of world-renowned Spanish versions of works by Thomas Bernhard and Günter Grass, among many others. Sáenz, who is also a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German […]

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